2 Do: Our picks for top activities in the Vail Valley today
1. Check out The Alititones atop Vail Mountain — Friday Afternoon Club unwinds from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eagle’s Nest with live music by The Alititones, a seven-piece band made up of some of the Vail Valley’s musically talented transplants who play an array of soul rocking, body shaking tunes for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Eagle’s Nest is located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead; lift tickets are required to ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola during the summer and can be purchased at the Vail Village or Lionshead ticket offices. 2014–15 season pass holders receive free access to the gondolas.
2. Enjoy Beethoven’s “Eroica” — Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin returns to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m. to lead The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of two heroic works by Strauss and Beethoven. Beethoven’s score was originally dedicated to Napoleon, but when the military leader declared himself emperor, Beethoven went to the table in a rage, seized the title-page, tore it in half and threw it on the floor. The page was later re-copied and the work renamed “Sinfonia Eroica.”